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What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release (or MFR) is a therapy that’s designed to treat pain and immobility of the skeletal muscular system through the relaxation of contracted muscles. The aim of this therapy includes the improvement of blood flow, improving lymphatic circulation and stimulating the muscular stretch reflex. The benefits that are associated with this form of treatment include relief from:

  • Chronic joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • A number of woman’s medical issues
  • Scoliosis

What is the theory behind this form of therapy and is it safe?

Our fascia is a type of connective tissue that is tough, thin and can be seen to wrap around most of the structures that exist within the human body. Those bodily structures are supported and protected by the fascia. Within the theory of Osteopathic Medicine, the fascia tissue can become restricted, due to conditions involving:

A Myofascial Release treatment is completely safe and consists of a highly effective hands-on approach in which a sustained pressure is gently applied into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions. There are no special oils, creams or specialized equipment used. In addition, Myofascial therapy can also work in conjunction with other treatments such as; acupuncture, physical therapy, occupation therapy and manipulation. It can also be helpful when it comes to assisting those who are competing in athletic events and those who are preparing for certain types of surgery.

Popularity

While Myofascial Release treatments are popular and effective, they exist within the bounds of Alternative Medicine and, as such, have come under fire by those who have taken aim at any type of medicine not approved by the pharmaceutical companies and the doctors that support them. What does this mean? Well, it means that there will be many potential beneficiaries of these treatments who will never have a chance to understand the procedures and its benefits. However, the benefits of these treatments can be measured by the healing and satisfaction of those who have undergone treatment.

Myofascial Release allows the patient to be seen as an individual, with specific needs and medical issues. Because of this, practitioners use a variety of MFR and movement-related therapies, while promoting greater independence through the use of correct body mechanics, postural awareness and strength/flexibility enhancement.

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